How to Build a High Performing Engineering Team 🏗️ — with Maria Gutierrez (Personio, Twitter)

Refactoring Podcast — Season 1 • Episode 7

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Today’s guest is Maria Gutierrez, VP of Engineering and Operations at Personio.

Before Personio, she was VP of Engineering Strategy and Operations at Twitter, and also held engineering leadership positions at Intercom, Freeagent, and LivingSocial.

Maria has incredible experience working at companies of any stage: from early-stage startups to large, public big tech.

During the interview we talked about how to build healthy and impactful engineering orgs as they scale. Here are a few of the things we covered:

  • 🏢 Maria’s career journey — from a degree in journalism, up to VP of Engineering at big tech.

  • 🚀 How hyper-growth breaks engineering teams — and how to prevent it.

  • ⚖️ How to balance speed and quality — while keeping business value front and center

  • 📈 How to scale without adding friction — can you retain your startup speed at big-tech scale?

  • 🏡 The impact of remote work — on roles, processes and relationships, and how to make it work.

  • 🎽 Transitioning from engineer to manager — demistifying this daunting passage.

  • 🔭 The evolution of engineering managers — will managers become more technical? Will we need fewer of them?

  • 🪴 Career advice for engineers — parting advice about owning your career.

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Refactoring Podcast
Interviews with world-class engineering leaders about writing great software and working well with humans.